NAAV Listing of Food Pantries in DC Metro Area

The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. (NAAV) with the support of its volunteers and partners will be providing information in this article about the locations of food pantries serving the DC metropolitan area covering DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

We are blessed to be able to provide this information about food pantries for veterans, seniors, and their families in the DC metropolitan area. We are thankful and grateful to be able to recognize the sacrifices and contributions made by those who served and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. NAAV believes it is our duty as citizens to support and honor our nation’s service members and veterans for their military service to this nation.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are around 16.5 million veterans in the United States in 2021. A majority of those veterans are of the Vietnam War era, Gulf War and now we are helping more from the wars in the Middle East. However, about 240,000 of the 16 million mentioned above are American veterans who served during World War II even though the VA reports that about 234 World War II veterans die each day. According to the latest report, approximately 326,126,000 people are living in transitional housing and homeless shelters. Unsheltered people were not yet counted since the assigned dependent supported lessening the spread of COVID-19 throughout the year.

NAAV, Inc. received many calls since COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cost of food due to inflation and the wars in the Middle East for help with food such as can goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and toiletries to name a few. In challenging times like these, a homeless veteran need more than a bed. They need food (meals). NAAV support our partner at the Central Union Mission that provides 49,155 bed nights of shelter and 117,736 meals on-site for men experiencing homelessness. Central Union Mission 80 U.S. veterans are among their overnight guests.

Currently, NAAV is partnering with several food pantries and banks in the DC metropolitan area to provide food and toiletries for our nation’s veterans and their caregivers and family members most in need. See below the beginning stages of NAAV providing a list of food pantries and food banks in the DC metropolitan area for your review and follow-up. Should you have any questions, please contact the source provided. Thank you.

Capital Area Food Bank Good food today. Brighter futures tomorrow.

Thomas Britton, Receptionist

4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20017, phone: (202) 921-7483, email:,

East Capital Walk-in Center, ask about their senior programs at (202) 644-9880. Open, Monday 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon, and Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST).


Allen Chapel Food Pantry

2439 Ainger Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020

Open Hours: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Phone: (202) 889-7296

Rating: 1.0 out of 5 stars

Eligibility Requirements: Details about eligibility ca be obtained by contacting the pantry directly. These food pantries play a crucial role in providing support to individuals and families most in need. If you or someone you know requires assistance, consider reaching out to these organizations. Remember that everyone has the right to access food resources, and these pantries provided are here to help.

Links for Seniors:


1.Capital Area Food Bank food resource map


What you will find: You can enter your address and the map will show you which food pantries are closest to you.


2. The Reid Temple A.M.E. Church (African Methodist Episcopal Church)


Location: 11400 Glen Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769

Phone: (301) 352-0320

Distribution schedule: Every Saturday at 10 a.m. (EST). Call ahead for more information.


3. Meals on Wheels in PG County


What you will find: Call the phone number listed for the location closet to you to see if you are in the service area to apply for delivery of nutritious prepared meals, a friendly visit, and a safety check. For more information, contact Sarah Goupell, Vice President,

Tommy’s Pantry, email:; Piney Branch Elementary School PTA Volunteer (join the PBES PTA), Caleb/8th Grade & Andrew/5th Grade.


4. To be eligible for the Maryland Food Supplemental Program (FSP), you must meet specific requirements. Here are the eligibility criteria: 1. Residency: You must be a resident of the state of Maryland. 2. Financial Eligibility: Your current bank balance (combined savings and checking) must be under $2,001. 3. Alternately, if you share your household with: a person aged 60 and over, or a person with a disability (which can be a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself), then your current bank balance (combined savings and checking) must be under $3,001. 4. Application Process: (1) File an application with your Local Department of Social Services. (2) Undergo an interview and meet all financial and technical eligibility factors. (3) You can apply in person, by mail, fax, or online through myMDTHINK. This program may provide monthly stipends to qualified recipients who may receive a specific monthly stipend to support their nutritional needs. Health Eating Education: This program provides education on food preparation and healthy diets. Stretching Grocery Dollars with FSP, over 790,000 Marylanders can stretch their grocery dollars to buy healthier and fresher foods each month. Remember, everyone has the right to apply for SNAP benefits, so if you or someone you know meets these criteria, consider exploring this valuable program to support nutritional needs. For more information, visit and


5. Feeding America for the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Metro Area

P.O. Box 96749

Washington, DC 20090-6749

Phone: 1-800-910-5524 Customer Service Team Representative

To find your local Food Bank: (1) If you are looking for food assistance, you can easily find a food bank near you by entering your zip code or state on the Feeding America website. (2) The website will provide you with a list of Feeding America partner food banks and their contact information. (3) Connecting with your local food bank is the first step towards getting free food and grocery items. Remember that everyone has the right to access food resources, and Feeding America can provide the help you need.


6. Federation of Virginia Food Banks

1415 Rhoadmiller Street

Richmond, Virginia 23220

(914) 409-8982


Maryland Food Pantries


1.Icac-Oxon Hill Food Pantry

4915 Saint Barnabas Road

Temple Hills, Maryland

Phone: (301) 899-8358


2. Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry – Food Distribution Center

6045 Solomons Island Road

Huntingtown, Maryland

Phone: (410) 257-3444


3. The Bowie Interfaith Pantry and Emergency Fund

2614 Kenhill Drive Suite 134

Bowie, Maryland

Phone: (301) 262-6765


4. Fort Washington Food Pantry – Food Distribution Center

9801 Livingston, Road

Fort Washington, Maryland 20744-4925 United States

Phone: (240) 257-2762


5. The William H. Bennett Food Pantry

Food Bank

2101 Shadyside Avenue

Suitland, Maryland

(240) 312-2850


Requirements for Maryland Food Pantries:

1. To apply for FSP benefits, you can file an application with your Local Department of Social Services. They will guide you through the process and assess your eligibility. You have multiple options for submitting your application:

. In person: Visit your local social services office.

. By mail: Send our application via mail.

. By fax: Submit your application by fax.

. Online: Apply online through myMDTHINK.

2. Eligibility Criteria:

. To quality for FSP, you must meet certain requirements, including:


. Being a resident of Mayland.

. Meeting specific financial eligibility criteria based on your household’s income

and assets.

. Undergoing an interview and verifying your identity.

. Some individuals with little or no money may quality for Expedited SNAP

benefits, which require only an interview and identity verification.

3. General Eligibility:

. FSP helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good


. You may be eligible if you:

. Work for low wages.

. Are unemployed or working part-time.

. Receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) or other public assistance payments.

. Are elderly or disabled and live on a small income.

For specific addresses and contact information in the Glenn Dale, Maryland area, I recommend reaching out to your local Department of Social Services directly. They can provide you with precise details and guide you through the application process. Remember, everyone has the right to apply for SNAP benefits, so do not hesitate to explore this valuable program if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Compiled By

NAAV, Inc.

Washington, DC

Office: (202) 465-3296

Email: click of tab named DC, Maryland and Virginia Food Pantries

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